I think the common denominator here would be the $2,500; especially after you've already experienced the Voyager class ships. I think the kids would miss the ice show, and perhaps the Promenade, but they aren't paying for the cruise; you are. The difference in the amount of money can pay for a lot of excursions. Or, the money saved could be but toward another cruise. They should just be happy that they're getting to go on a cruise!
I agree w/Sonny! Our (ages 11-15) kids and my sisters have been on the Wonder and the Mariner (RCCL). My parents are taking us all on the Enchantment (RCCL) in July for there 50th! A smaller ship than the Mariner and its not Disney and its much less $$! However, they know and have been told "several times " how lucky they are and never take any of this for granted. I also must say that no matter what ship/ports you go on, its who your with (family/friends) and the memory's that you make, ect. that are really important!! Good luck!!
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I also agree with Sonny and Nat. $2500 is a lot of money. While I do not have first-hand knowledge of the ships, I'm sure there will be plenty for the kids to do in the S. Caribbean ports you'll be visiting. Let us know what you decide.
Just got off the Liberty--Loved it, make no mistake, but would not pay $2500 extra to go on it! I have mostly cruised the Voyager class ships and love them, but for an itinery I like would take any RCCL ship. The kids agree: Voyager class=first choice, getting to go at all, better choice. Having that kind of $$ to spend on amazing shore excursions is worth a ship change. Good luck convincing the teenaged crowd, I travel with two of them, but I think he who rules the credit card has final say and everyone should just be happy-happy-happy about what you pick!
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thanks for all of the input, your replies for the most part mirrored those of the adults in the group. After much deliberation the decision actually came down to cabin selection. We prefer to have adjoining cabins as it makes it easier to keep track of the kids.
We had decided to be a return to the Adventure but there were no adjoining cabins left so we compromised and decided on the Freedom and the adults would cruise alone on the Serenade in the fall - works for me. The Freedom actually ended up being about $1000 more than AOS, still alot but better than the $2500 we first thought.